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How safe would deep-sea investigation of a nuclear battleground be?

Jormungandr, the snakebot of doom, is no more. Its remains are lying on the bottom of the sea in the Aleutian Trench to the south of the Rat Islands, where it was nuked to pieces by three hundred ...
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If you were wearing a bomb suit, would it be safe to set off a Claymore mine strapped to your chest?

The M18A1 Claymore mine is a directional fragmentation anti-personnel mine. It is designed to kill by projecting a lethal hail of steel balls within a 60-degree cone in front of itself. It seems ...
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If vault was magically pelted by stones the size of cannonballs for eternity, how long would it be able to keep it's contents safe?

If an average personal safe is somehow hit with stones the size of cannonballs for eternity, how long could it keep it's contents safe? I don't think the contents matter that much but assume it is a ...
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How to unclog a wormhole?

Lets say that you have a wormhole where both ends are attractive. Here an object starts far away from rest, accelerates towards the wormholes mouth, travels through the throat at a small fraction of ...
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If Yellowstone goes up, how far away could a person be without being immediately injured?

Let's say that the Yellowstone supervolcano has a (for it, quite small; some of Yellowstone's past eruptions are ~5 times greater in volume than this) VEI-7 eruption, ejecting five hundred cubic ...
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Are there any physical or biological principles that could be applied to electrically ground the human body?

Exactly what it says on the tin: are there any physical or biological principles that could be applied to electrically ground the human body? This could take the form of genetic alteration, surgery, ...
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How would you build an emergency launch rocket?

I'm thinking of something akin to a space lifeboat designed to rescue crews of ships that are disabled in orbit and that would need to launch in a hurry without a lot of warning but that would also ...
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What type of safety features would a commercial nuclear jet aircraft have?

Let's say that you have a commercially/privately-operated jet aircraft. It's not something that's going to be used by a single pilot, or someone making mail runs, or a bush pilot; it's more of the ...
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Gargoyle Safety 102: Proper form

This is the second of a few questions I plan to ask regarding the gargoyles of my setting, whom I briefly summarized here, but I'll quote the relevant parts here again: In my setting, among various ...
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What's the safest way to carry and throw marble sized high-explosive grenades?

Pull the context and count to three sentences Let's imagine an army has created a kind of explosive similar to grenades, but much smaller in size while maintaining a good chunk of offensive output. ...
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Ideal way to deactivate a Sun Gun when not in use?

I came across one space weapon, known as the Sun Gun, which uses a concave mirror on a satellite to concentrate sunlight onto a small area at the Earth's surface, making a hot beam of death. ...
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Converting Matter To Antimatter And Vice Versa

Okay, I would like to know if there is a safe way of converting matter into antimatter, in the theoretical case of say, an manned expedition to a planet made of antimatter. How would I be able to turn ...
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Reality check: A fire in a giant cave with two entrances. Where do the byproducts go?

There is an underground city in a multi-level cave with two entrances; it is otherwise enclosed. It's shaped more or less like an inverted pyramid, getting narrower with increasing depth. A fire ...
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Threats in a post-apocalyptic world without mutants?

So, today I asked a question about whether or not the mutants in my world were realistic Realistic mutated animals in a post-nuclear Earth? and apparently from the answers I got, they sadly weren’t, ...
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Youth Safehouse [closed]

Youth in their teens come to this safehouse from hundreds of miles away in order to find safety from their family, develop a sense of personal identity, and have a place to stay while they build a ...
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How can I estimate the maximum mass that can be safely handled in low to no g?

Many countries, authorities and companies have the concept of a maximum weight limit for manual handling, both to protect their workers and to protect themselves from lawsuits. Interstellar Shipping ...
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In futuristic domed cities terrified of pandemics, how would spread be prevented between domes?

With the Covid-19 pandemic currently underway, it's a bit easier to imagine a world where the virus is more lethal and even brutal measures are used to contain the spread of diseases. In the scenario ...
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Would making a last ditch effort to skip save the spaceship?

Imagine a spaceship entering Earth's atmosphere, it has lost control of its engines and is relying on its reverse thrusters to decelerate before crashing into the Pacific ocean. So in an attempt to ...
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How to prevent crew from accidentally teleporting oneself outside a spaceship with portal gun?

Set in the year 3020 CE, every crew on board has a personal issued portal gun to easily get around the interior of the spaceship. The handheld portal gun can instantly teleport the user along with ...
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Would decompression cause a moon habitat to explode?

Assume I have a human colony on The Moon. A meteor fragment gets by the defense system and smashes into a portion of the dome, let's say the hole is 1 meter in diameter, it's big. Safety measures ...
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Spherical portal protection for objects

So, I got an idea where I have this big object (A sphere, in my case) which I want to protect forever/as long as I can. I have spherical, two sided portals that last forever. These portals are like ...
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Most dangerous place on a rotating wheel space station? [closed]

I'm assuming a recovery and launch bay, where ships enter and leave the station, would be the most dangerous place on such a station. While it wouldn't be nearly as dangerous as the flight deck of an ...
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How many babies can a human women safely be pregnant with at once? [closed]

Most pregnancies result in 1 baby, sometimes there are twins. Every now and then there are triplets. My guess would be that 4 at once has happened before too. But 5? How about 6? Surely not 7. How ...
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Would It Be Feasible to Hollow Mount Everest Into a Palace?

Let's say that some Oriental emperor had decreed that he should move his palatial residence from China to Everest. Specifically, he wanted Mount Everest to be his palace, which means hollowing the ...
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How can I keep my planet the safest in the galaxy and still engage in war?

Background info In the galaxy that I'm working in, 20 other nations exist. Around 15 of them possess thousands of planets and billions, sometimes trillions of people (they spread throughout universal ...
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Designing drop-pods for humans

With the increasing amount of sci-fi using drop-pods to get their soldiers on the ground I would like to look at the design and how a proper drop-pod should look. The look and shape of such a drop-...
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Child sorcerers - are they a danger to themselves and others

Young sorcerers' talent starts to emerge when they are two or three years old. The level of their power varies greatly and isn't correlated with their intelligence or sense of responsibility. They ...
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How to build a fail-safe system for an engine that can harness energy from a Black Hole?

Some Context I'm conceiving a universe set in the far future. Humans have already mastered FTL drives and populated several planets in various star systems. They have engines based on singularities (...
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Safety acronyms for space travel [closed]

In the current world, people wear life jackets on small boats, and life-boats are present on ocean liners. Similarly on airlines, they brief passengers about life jackets are under the seats, and air-...
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How to ensure the safety of a surface base on Europa?

If I have a research & mining outpost established on the surface of Europa, in which there is a small complex of buildings, how do I claim to have them protected from potential breaks in the ice (...
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How to safely capture someone when you have super-strength

In the question How to safely knock someone out, it was explained to me that there isn't such a way. In which case, for a prospective superhero with super-strength and super-durability, what would be ...
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How to safely knock someone out

I'm the new superhero on the block. I've got the classic powerset - super-strength and super-durability. I don't have to worry one bit about your average thug hurting me. On the contrary, I'm really ...
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Physical consequences and safety concerns with magic light spells? [closed]

In a lot of settings that have magic, there's usually some kind of spell that creates a magical light. Often these spells are hand-waved as being completely safe (e.g. it's not actual light and just ...
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How would the lifts work on a space station which worries about hull breaches?

I'm writing a roleplaying game scenario set on a space station, and was wondering how the lifts (elevators) would work? Specifically, the people who built the station are very health and safety ...
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Safety measures implemented if humanity had won in a Walking Dead style scenario

First of all, I have not seen the show, only read the comics. In that scenario, there are four very important things to know about the zombie apocalypse. No matter where it originated, the virus ...
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Where is the safest place to be in a zombie Apocalypse [closed]

Where would be the safest place to be in a zombie Apocalypse? For example I would think a large ship would be a good place to be as you could turn seawater into drinking water, you can fish, if the ...
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How to keep unwanted visitors out?

In my stories, there are two fractions of beings called Shining ones - and regardless of their war, they live (very close to each other) in Nightshine Asylum, an abandoned fortress from an age of ...
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